The Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary program leads to a Ph.D. degree in Cancer Biology. The Program allows students to focus their training in several related disciplines which have in common research faculty studying various aspects of cancer biology. A MS is not offered.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
GRE (Subject optional)
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended tests: GRE,GMAT,MAT
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
Financial aid is available through the NIH T32 Cancer Biology Training Grant, Graduate Research Assistantships, fellowships and donated funds. All students admitted to the ABBS program are supported financially. After 3 rotations a research advisor will be determined and this advisor will provide the financial support.
Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health
Minumum credits: 0
Core coursework: Core courses must be completed and awarded a Grade of A or B during the first two years in the program.
See Other Requirements for Successful Completion of the Program below for more details.
Other requirements: Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program satisfactory academic progress guidelines
Complete first year core courses, no less than a B grade
Rotate through at 3-4 laboratories to identify a research lab, complete lab rotation evaluation
Attend final oral defense of fellow students
Participate in student research meetings and Spring recruiting
By July 1 of first year:
Identify research advisor and lab
Complete annual evaluation for meeting with Progress Committee
Complete second year core courses, no less than a B grade
January 1 identify research project area and, with mentor, select potential supervisory committee members
By March 1 contact committee members and plan first committee meeting, plan for preliminary exam (no later than the end of fifth semester)
Years 3-5 (average time to complete Cancer Biology degree is 4.5 years)
Complete dissertation research and publish results in at least one peer-reviewed journal
Limit of 7 years for completion of degree
Must be completed in the first two years (or with permission of Chair)
Grade of B or better
Provide annual report to Progress Committee at meeting at the end of Spring semester
Written exam: NIH-formatted research proposal. Guidelines are in the CBIO student handbook and samples are in the CBIO office.
Oral exam: Defense of the written proposal (either inside or outside proposal) followed by questions from committee on general knowledge of cancer biology and minor.
Pass criteria: Student presents research proposal and answers questions from supervisory committee demonstrating scientific knowledge and critical thought.
A student may attempt the preliminary examination a maximum of two times at the discretion of the examining committee. Failure in both attempts result in automatic dismissal from the Ph.D. program. A second attempt at the oral examination must be scheduled within six months following the first oral examination and no earlier than four months.
Core courses complete by end of fourth semester
Research laboratory identified by July 1 of first year
Comprehensive exam no later than end of fifth semester
Final oral defense no later than seven years from start of program
A minor in Cancer Biology requires 9 units. A review of the minor plan with the Program Chair is highly encouraged before classes are taken.